Wednesday, August 06, 2008

My new ride

Found out that fixing my old car won't be worth it. I had never imagined that replacing a blown head gasket would cost me around £500/. I plan to put it up on eBay under "spares or repair". I would be lucky to get a few hundred pounds. However, I plan to remove the new tyres I fitted quite recently and replace them with older ones, remove the car stereo (I already have a buyer) and drain the fuel (I had a full tank when I set out on my journey on the unfortunate day my car broke down.

Anyway, after a few frustrating days of searching for a used car I liked, (read "Buying a used car - my experience 1" and "Buying a used car - my experience with Station Garage") I finally bought a Volvo S40. It won't win any award for good looks nor is it the best in terms of performance but it is still in great condition for it's age and was within our budget. Here's hoping (and praying) that it would not give us any problems.

volvo s40 01

volvo s40 02

It is slightly bigger than my old car and as our old car was a hatchback, I have to be careful with side parking and get used to the fact that this car has a boot. The light also comes on automatically when I start the car (even during the day). Initially, I thought that it was a defect until I looked it up on the web and found out that it is a safety feature. YOU CAN'T TURN THE DAMN HEADLIGHTS OFF.

Now that I think of it, I used to get annoyed with the guys who have their car headlights on during the daytime. Now I am one of them.

11 comments:

ummi said...

Adam,

First and foremost when we buy a car now is to make sure the econimical to run as the fuel is so expensive now.

I used to had lucida and love the space as we need 7 seater car. When we had accident, we had to get another car. Imagine, our lucy will cost us 25miles a gallon but the one that we got now, zafira will give us 35 to 40 miles per gallon. Which make it easy for us to go for sight seeing without thinking too much!

Emila Yusof said...

Nice car! My husband is a fan of Volvo.

Adam Dilip Mutum said...

Ummi: 35-45 mpg is great. Not so sure about the Volvo as they are not known for their fuel economy.

Emila: Thanks.

Dream Interpretation said...

congratulations.s40 is a nice car.i also like the volvo cars.don't be sad about the headlights.thanks for the post.

ahrasis said...

Sorry to hear that your old car had broken down. However, your new car sure looks great. Hope it works great too. When will take me for a drive then? Just joking. Good luck with your new car.

Get Rid of Cellulite said...

Slick ride...you can't go wrong with a Volvo. I feel your pain with the blown head gasket...that happened to an Acura Integra that I owned, and the cost to get it all fixed was more than the value of the whole car!!! I ended up selling it for junk.

narrowband said...

Congratulations on your new acquisition! I agree that you can't go wrong with a Volvo. Even if it is used. It is definitely a very good buy. Excellent choice!

Michael said...

It's always wierd to get a new car.... but the good thing is, you wont have to worry about it breaking down anymore!! Nice!!

Hardy said...

Your S40 is bigger than the new one. And it's almost completely reliable throughout (I know Nissan and Toyota have the most reliable engine). Well, that's what Volvo would say....Volvo...for life!

Suresh said...

Nice Car! I like volvo and i am fan of volvo.

Suzana Abd Manan said...

Nice car, i love volvo as well.

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